Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Corrections from the last week.

Slate's mistakes.
July 30 2010 7:16 AM


In a July 30 "Elements," Sam Kean incorrectly described the process of separating aluminum from minerals cheaply.

In a July 29 "Bull-E," Emily Bazelon didn't quite hear Jeremy Prince correctly and so misstated part of his quote as "mission of contrition" instead of "admission and contrition."


In an item in the July 29 Slatest, Nicholas Jackson repeated a mistaken reference by National Geographic to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, calling it the "National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration."

In the July 28 "Medical Examiner," Melinda Wenner Moyer originally implied that the FDA analyzed only 11 new drug applications, when in fact the FDA analyzed 163 new drug applications that included a sex analysis. Of these, 11 exhibited the drug concentration differences described. The piece also originally implied that side effects to these drugs were experienced only by women. Men and women both experienced problems, but the severity and frequency was greater in women and warranted withdrawing the drugs from the market.

In the July 28 "Culturebox," Dana Vachon misidentified recording artist Natasha Bedingfield as Natasha Bedingford.

In the July 28 "Offline," James Sturm misspelled Suzanne Somers' last name.


In the July 27 "Explainer," Nora Caplan-Bricker used the word limbo as a synonym for purgatory. Limbois a separate concept in the Catholic tradition.

In the July 27 "Music Box," Jan Swafford misspelled the last name of Roger Daltrey of the Who.

In a July 27 "Politics," in the legend for a graph about Afghanistan war casualties, Chris Wilson mistakenly swapped the colors for "civilians wounded" and "civilians killed" as well as for "enemies wounded" and "enemies killed."

In a July 27 "Slatest" item, Jessica Loudis incorrectly referred to the amount out of which Anthony Lee swindled a potential buyer. It was $1.5 million, considerably more damaging than the $1.5 the item originally had as the sum.


In the July 26 "Politics," John Dickerson mistakenly listed Tim Pawlenty's opposition to TARP as a view that was largely indistinguishable from those of his likely GOP opponents in 2012. However, both Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin supported TARP in 2008.

In the July 23 "Elements," Sam Kean stated that no new power plants have come online since 1979. Actually, plants already in construction by 1979 have come online in the last 30 odd years, but no new construction projects have begun or been approved.

In the July 22 "Movies," Dana Stevens identified Roger Corman's Poe adaptations as having appeared in the late 1960s. They were from the early '60s.

In the June 28 "Spectator," Ron Rosenbaum referred incorrectly to Alvin Plantinga as a Positivist.

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